Black Beauty Model Agency Documentary

The story of first Black Model Agency, the incredible women who ran it and the fly people they signed in 1960s New York.

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Project Description

When I was a little girl I found a Life magazine from 1969 that had a stunning picture in it, a shoot called Black is Busting Out All Over, featuring the models of the first Black model agency: Black Beauty. 

My father was one of the models.He went on to become Poet Laureate of Eritrea. I always wondered about who the other models were and where they are now. 

Many years later I managed to get the number of one of the ladies who ran the agency. Next thing I knew I was heading to Miami to discover the most inspiring women, who ran the baddest, most gorgeous and courageous agency in 1960s New York. 

Miss Bikini USA. Bond Girls. Deejays. Restaurateurs. NFL Hall of Fame. Public Enemy's Chief of Security. An actor from Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash has donated towards this doc getting made!) Journalists. Politicians.The only Black Actor in the Godfather. Shaft! He's a bad mutha... How could one little agency link all of this?! 

If you think the story of Black Beauty Model Agency needs to be told, here is your chance to help make it happen.

I'm heading to the States with two filmmaker friends, Jean & Adam, NEXT MONTH. We plan to interview and film Betty & Di, the powerhouses behind the agency, and some of the models themselves. 

We need funding to help cover flights, accommodation, filming and expenses between the 18th & 30th, and as much of the post-production as possible, editing etc. 

We aim to share the documentary on the 50th ANNIVERSARY of the Life Magazine 'Black is Busting Out All Over' shoot : October 17th, 2019. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. 

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Any questions, feel free to hit me up @destahaile (IG, FB, Twitter)! 

We're putting together a video for this page too! 

 

Jacob FT
03/12/2019
Black Beauty Tote Bags
$30
Cei
03/08/2019
A Thank You in the Credits!
$130
03/08/2019
Black Beauty Coffee Mug
$60
Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann
03/07/2019
Black Beauty T-Shirt
$40
03/07/2019
Black Beauty Sticker
$10
Jehan Bseiso
02/28/2019
A Thank You in the Credits!
$100
02/28/2019
Black Beauty Poster
$20
Fatoosan
02/21/2019
Black Beauty Poster
$20
Katherine Glasgow
02/20/2019
A Thank You in the Credits!
$100
Sabrina
02/17/2019
Monetary Contribution
$30
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

1 Supporter
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$10
Black Beauty Sticker

We'll be sending you some Black Beauty stickers as a little thank you!

1 Supporter
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$20
Black Beauty Poster

Iconic black & white Black Beauty Model Agency Poster you can frame! 

2 Supporters
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$30
Black Beauty Tote Bags

Black Beauty tote bags carrying our gratitude to you for making this doc happen! 

2 Supporters
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$40
Black Beauty T-Shirt

Reppin' the first Black Model Agency in the world! 

1 Supporter
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$50
Black Beauty Notebook & Pen

Write your own stories with the official Black Beauty Model Agency stationery. 

0 Supporters
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$60
Black Beauty Coffee Mug

I've never met a coffee fiend like Betty. Get yourself a replica of the original agency coffee mug and your morning coffee will taste even better! 

1 Supporter
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$100
A Thank You in the Credits!

Thank you for helping us make this documentary, this celebration of this pioneering people. 

4 Supporters
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$250
Languages through Music Workshop

Get an amazing Languages through Music workshop for your company, school, or festival! 

For more info check www.facebook.com/languagesthroughmusic.

Language through Music workshops delivered internationally:

Africa Utopia Festival, Southbank Centre London

 Afropolitan Festival, Brussels, Belgium

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

1 Supporter
Contribute
$10
Black Beauty Sticker

We'll be sending you some Black Beauty stickers as a little thank you!

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$20
Black Beauty Poster

Iconic black & white Black Beauty Model Agency Poster you can frame! 

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$30
Black Beauty Tote Bags

Black Beauty tote bags carrying our gratitude to you for making this doc happen! 

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$40
Black Beauty T-Shirt

Reppin' the first Black Model Agency in the world! 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$50
Black Beauty Notebook & Pen

Write your own stories with the official Black Beauty Model Agency stationery. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$60
Black Beauty Coffee Mug

I've never met a coffee fiend like Betty. Get yourself a replica of the original agency coffee mug and your morning coffee will taste even better! 

1 Supporter
Select this reward
$100
A Thank You in the Credits!

Thank you for helping us make this documentary, this celebration of this pioneering people. 

4 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Languages through Music Workshop

Get an amazing Languages through Music workshop for your company, school, or festival! 

For more info check www.facebook.com/languagesthroughmusic.

Language through Music workshops delivered internationally:

Africa Utopia Festival, Southbank Centre London

 Afropolitan Festival, Brussels, Belgium

0 Supporters
Select this reward